Silvio Auditore - Family Law Lawyer

T: (+613) 9670 9677

Barrister and Solicitor (admitted to practise in 1983) ~ Family Law Specialist Accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria (since 1990) Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws
~ Accredited FindLaw Feature Writer in Family Law ~
 A Founding Member of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria

Silvio Auditore is the founder of the firm. Initially a General Legal Practitioner, he developed an expertise in Family Law very quickly and he was amongst the first family lawyers in Australia to gain recognised accreditation as a Specialist.

Silvio has specialist experience in all areas of Family Law. He has represented the Australian Government in international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention and he has a keen interest in complex financial cases, having studied accounting at university level. He also delivers family law related seminars to lawyers, accountants and MBA students.

His memberships include Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria and Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.  Out of work hours, Silvio plays bass guitar in a rock band.

Published Articles

  • What do I do if we can’t agree on parenting arrangements for the children? 3 April 2019 - The Family Law Act states that each parent has parental responsibility for their child up until the age of 18 years. This is the case whether you are still together as a family or separated.
  • Should I change Family Lawyers in my Family Law Court Case? 18 January 2019 - Are you having doubts about whether you are being well-represented in your Family Law dispute?
  • Is now a good time to finalise a Family Law Property settlement? 19 December 2018 - It is December 2018. After many years of rising property prices in Melbourne and the rest of Australia, property values have fallen. The Australian and US share markets are also down. Separating couples now have assets (including Superannuation) which are valued at significantly less than the valuation a year ago. However, their debt level would often be at the same level. The net result of this is that there is significantly less to divide up.
  • Can we agree on a Family Law settlement without going to Court? 25 October 2018 - Can we agree on a Family Law settlement without going to Court? This is a question asked by many clients at Melbourne Family Lawyers. The answer is both yes and no.
  • Melbourne Family Lawyers Obtain Federal Circuit Court Injunction to Prevent Mother Taking Children from Melbourne to Western Australia 6 September 2018 - This court case came about when one of clients Eddie (not his real name) found out that his ex-wife Roma (not her real name) was intending to take their two primary school age children to live in Western Australia. Eddie and Roma had been separated since 2010 and Roma had since re-married. Since separation, the children had primarily been living with Roma at her home in Melbourne.
  • Separation and Divorce for Retirees 31 July 2018 - Retired Baby Boomers are separating and divorcing late in life. We are seeing more people getting to a point where they cannot put up with living with their long-standing spouse or partner any longer! Whilst life was good when one or both were working and bringing up the children, spending a lot more time together in retirement apparently can test even the most solid relationship!
  • Should I Separate Before my Rich Parent Dies to Preserve my Inheritance? 12 April 2018 - If your marriage or relationship is on the rocks and you are agonising as to whether to separate from your spouse or partner, then here is some advice which may spur you on to make a decision one way or the other.
  • Recognition of Foreign Marriages and Same-Sex Divorces in Australia 9 March 2018 - We are often asked about whether Marriages which originated outside Australia are recognised under the Family Law of Australia.
  • What to do if you receive a Family Law Court Application 4 February 2018 - Sometimes, the first you know about your spouse or ex-partner taking Family Law Court action against you is when a process server knocks on your door to serve you with a Court Application. Whilst a natural reaction for you may be to avoid being served with the court document, this may end up being to your disadvantage. I will explain why.
  • Melbourne Family Lawyers Win International Parenting Dispute for Mother in Family Court of Australia at Melbourne 31 October 2017 - Alison Loach, a Senior Consultant with Melbourne Family Lawyers, advised a client that she had a strong case and that she should pursue the case all the way through to a final hearing before Justice Austin in the Family Court of Australia.
  • When Can I make a Claim for Property Settlement as a De Facto Partner? 18 July 2017 - In Australia, the Family Law relating to De Facto partners is substantially the same as the law relating to people who are legally married. The Family Law Act covers married people and de facto couples, including those in homosexual relationships.
  • Defending an Intervention Order in Victoria 25 January 2017 - An Intervention Order is a Court Order which is made by a Magistrate in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria against a person (the Respondent) who has committed family violence against a family member (the Aggrieved Family Member).
  • Can I apply for a Divorce if I am no longer living in Australia? 5 October 2016 - Melbourne Family Lawyers represents many clients who do not live in Australia. If you are living overseas, we can still represent you and apply for a Divorce in Australia under certain circumstances.
  • When should I apply for a Family Law Property Settlement? 18 August 2016 - The only legal rules about when you should apply for a Family Law property settlement are concerning how late you can apply. People in a De Facto relationship have up to two years after separation. Married people have up to one year following the Divorce. Contrary to a popular belief, you do not have to wait until you are divorced to have a property settlement.
  • Can I move with my child to live in a different suburb or outside of Melbourne without the other parent’s consent? 20 July 2016 - Some of the most frequent questions asked by clients of Melbourne Family Lawyers are concerning the issue of whether the client is allowed to take a child to live somewhere else, be that within Australia or overseas.
  • Melbourne Family Court allows Mother and Child’s Relocation to USA 21 June 2016 - In January 2015, our client, 30 year old USA citizen Miranda (not her real name) was referred to Melbourne Family Lawyers by United States Embassy staff in Melbourne, as her marriage to her 35 yo Australian Husband, Bruce (not his real name) had broken down. Miranda’s legal problem was that she wanted to return home to the United States, with her 3 year old daughter, but her Husband objected to such an arrangement.
  • When is Spousal Maintenance Payable? 31 August 2015 - Spousal Maintenance (also called alimony in some countries) may be payable in Australia by one spouse (or de-facto partner) to the other under some circumstances pursuant to the provisions of the Family Law Act.
  • The Best Family Law Advice from Melbourne Family Lawyers 20 July 2015 - At Melbourne Family Lawyers, we don’t offer a “free” first consultation and use it to market our services to you. The first meeting with one of our lawyers is scheduled for one hour because we know it will take a bit of time to listen to your story so that we can understand your situation and what is important to you and what you would like to achieve.
  • When should I apply for a Divorce? 22 April 2015 - A Divorce Order provides legal recognition of the fact that that you are no longer married. Upon a Divorce Order becoming final, you are legally free to re-marry should you wish to do so. In order to apply for a Divorce, you must firstly be separated for at least one year.
  • Is my Spouse entitled to a share of my Superannuation if I separate? 20 January 2015 - In a Family Law Property Settlement, Superannuation is always taken into account when considering a division of property between spouses (including de facto or same-sex partners). These days, most people have Superannuation entitlements. Whilst those Superannuation entitlements may not be readily accessible now if you are below retirement age, they will make a difference to your financial situation when you do retire.
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